I HAVE A LYMPHOMA/33
A DAY INVOLVING BOTH A CT Scan AND CHEMOTHERAPY, TENDS TO CONCENTRATE THE MIND ,AS THEY SAY!
Thus ,today, I reflect on the amazing number of resources needed just to deal with a single patient.From diagnosis to investigation and preparation, to treatment, the number of departments and personnel involved seems to be never ending and the cost of such activity would surely be mind blowing for the individual. Consider, if you will just for a moment the involvement in my own particular situation. The following lists the areas of activity involved as I, the patient recall to date,
1. Haematology. 2. Oncology. 3. Heart and Lung Testing. 3.. E C G Dept.4.X-Ray. 5.Ultrasound. 6. Chemotherapy. 7.Bone Marrow Extraction.8. District Nursing Service.9. Pharmacology.
i MAY EVEN HAVE OMMITED SOME, BUT THE ABOVE GIVES AND INDICATION OF THE AREAS, RESOURCES AND MAN HOURS, TO SAY NOTHING OF FACILITIES AND EQUPMENT INVOLVED.
The actual cost factor must run into thousands of cost units. Consider the number of patients and the sheer size of things beggars belief.Here in the UK, the patient pays nothing at the point of diagnosis and treatment thanks to the NHS. Much maligned as it may be, the NHS represents the best of British forethought and planning and quite correctly is a beacon the rest of the world would wish to follow and, of course improve upon. I just wonder on where I would be placed at this moment had we not a scheme, such as the NHS to provide for me. I am aware of a relative of a friend paying £1000 for each dose of Chemo, for example. Thus, salutations to our system and the way in which so many resources can be harnessed in such a relatively short space of time.
CT AND CHEMO.
It is not usual for a CT Scan and a Chemotherapy dosage to occur on the same day ,but this is how events have panned out and it involves some planning as they take place at different venues, some 10 miles apart. C T at 11.45am involves admin, injection, a wait for 1 hour and 20/30 mins in the scanner. In all 2 hours. We, my elder son driving for me, then dash to the Chemo unit for a 2.30pm appointment. Having a blood test yesterday, will cut down my time there by 1 hour, so hopefully, by 4.30 pm we can be away and get some food, as nothing but water is to be consumed for 6 hours prior to C T. so, a long, busy and hungry day beckons. A small price to pay methinks.
After this, my final dose in the CHOP cycle, we will wait for our top man to consider the results and then bring us in to advise on future action. The waiting is the most difficult time and, of course the Chop cycle time is 14 days, so there will be no need to hold the breath.